Q. My son developed a wart on the bottom of his foot. He didn’t take care of it as I told him to, so it grew and multiplied until it caused considerable pain when walking.

By then nothing he tried helped. His doctor wouldn't touch it and recommended a visit to a specialist.

I told him to get some fresh turmeric but all he could find was the powder. I suggested he make a paste with a little oil. Mixing it with a few drops of olive oil and covering it with a bandage took away the warts and all pain in a couple of days! It has been several weeks since treatment and the warts have not returned.

A. You are the second person who has reported success with turmeric against plantar warts (warts on the sole of the foot). Turmeric contains curcumin, which has antiviral activity (Virology, online Jan. 14, 2008). That might explain your success.

Join Over 80,000 Subscribers at The People's Pharmacy

Each week we send two free email newsletters with breaking health news, prescription drug information, home remedies and a preview of our award-winning radio show. Join our mailing list and get the information you need to make confident choices about your health.

What Do You Think?

We invite you to share your thoughts with others, but remember that our comment section is a public forum. Please do not use your full first and last name if you want to keep details of your medical history anonymous. A first name and last initial or a pseudonym is acceptable. Advice from other commenters on this website is not a substitute for medical attention. Do not stop any medicine without checking with the prescriber. Stopping medication suddenly could result in serious harm. We expect comments to be civil in tone and language. By commenting, you agree to abide by our commenting policy and website terms & conditions. Comments that do not follow these policies will not be posted.